About NDTC - National Democratic Training Committee

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Run For Office
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Run For Office
Work On Campaigns
Support Progressive Values

We want to help you win

As the largest Democratic campaign training organization in the nation we have trained more Democrats on how to win elections and build long-term power in their communities than any other organization.
We provide Democratic candidates, campaign staffers, and local leaders the tools, expert training, and resources needed to win.

What Our Learners Have to Say

There is a LOT to know about running for office and I am very thankful that an organization like NDTC exists to demystify the process and help everyday people be able to run for office, not just the wealthy and powerful!
Amanda Douglas 2018 Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (OK-1)
NDTC has done a wonderful job of continually addressing new training trends and ensuring our local Main Street candidates have all the tools necessary to become skilled campaigners and great public servants.
Colleen Lowry Ohio Democratic Party Engagement Director
NDTC recently put on a series of trainings at our annual convention. The trainings were professionally done and filled with practical advice for activists, volunteers, and candidates alike. Plus, NDTC seamlessly integrated their programming into the rest of our agenda.
Ethan Corson Former Kansas Democratic Party Executive Director
All for free. Online. And accessible anywhere, anytime.

Trained in all

50 States

and Territories

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Staffers from our Staff Academy


2,000+ Elections

Created + Shared over

120 Courses

Democratizing Campaign Training

Founder and CEO Kelly Dietrich was 18 years into a career training future governors, Members of Congress, and Senators how to win their elections. As he traveled the country, he would often run into local candidates who needed help.

He’d hear the same questions over and over again:

  • “How do I raise the money I need to win?”
  • “How do I know how many votes I need to win?”
  • “How do I connect with voters?”

Kelly knew the answers, but his kind of insider knowledge wasn’t available to people who were running local campaigns on shoestring budgets.

Democrats who were running for school board, city council, or state legislature. This lack of knowledge and training was holding back Democrats who wanted to step up and fight for their communities.

In 2016, NDTC started making videos, sharing Kelly’s successful strategies and tips online with the goal of providing candidates with the free training they needed.

Five years later, those homemade training videos have supported the goals of over 120,000 Democrats, helped win more than 2000 elections, and empowered Democrats in communities nationwide with the tools they need to win and build long-term power for generations to come.

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Who We Are

Emerging or established. Calm or contentious. Any race, anywhere: We want to help. Our team believes passionately that, by empowering Democrats to get involved in local politics, we can help shape the future of progressive politics. This team of focused, knowledgeable individuals work together to achieve our three goals: to improve the performance of every Democrat up and down the ticket, elect more Democrats to offices, and create a deep bench of qualified public servants ready to run for higher office.

Our Partners

NDTC is proudly collaborative, not competitive. We partner with recruitment organizations, labor unions, trade groups, state parties, and other progressive organizations, and look to grow our list of partnerships and collaborations daily. Here are some of the members of the NDTC network.

#VoteProChoice 314 Action Act Blue Advance Native American Political Leadership AFL-CIO AFSCME AFT Alabama Democratic Party Alabama Democratic Victory Alaska Democratic Party American Maritime Officers (AMO) American Samoa Democratic Party Arena PAC Arizona Democratic Party Arkansas Democratic Party Asian American Power Network Barbara Lee Foundation Battleground Texas Beaver County Democratic Party Black Elected Officials of California Blue Future Blue Institute BlueBonnet Data Brevard County Democratic Party Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) California Democratic Party Care In Action Chicago Votes Citizen She United Clarity Campaign Labs Clinicians for Progressive Care Collective PAC College Democrats of Illinois Color of Change Colorado Democratic Party Connecticut Democratic Party Contest Every Race Cook County Young Democrats CWA DCCC Defending Digital Campaigns Delaware Democratic Party Democracy for America Democratic Governor's Association Democratic Municipal Officials Democratic National Committee Democratic Party of Guam Democratic Party of Orange County Democratic Party of Virginia Democratic Women of North Carolina District of Columbia Democratic Party DLCC DSCC Elect Black Women Emerge America EMILY's List Empower Project End Citizens United Equality Federation Florida Democratic Party GAINPower Georgia Democratic Party GLPA-LEAD GoodWerk Hawaii Democratic Party Higher Heights for America PAC Hoosier Women Forward Hustle Idaho Democratic Party IDCCA Illinois Democratic Party Inclusv Incorruptibles Indiana Democratic Party Instituto International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Iowa Democratic Party JAPAC JM2 Kansas Democratic Party Kentucky Democratic Party Latinas Represent Latino Victory Lead Locally LEAD Ohio Leadership for Educational Equity League of United Latin American Citizens LGBTQ Victory Fund LGBTQ Victory Institute Louisiana Democratic Party Maine Democratic Party Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA) Maryland Democratic Party Massachusetts Democratic Party Michigan Democratic Party Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Mississippi Democratic Party Missouri Democratic Party Montana Democratic Party National Democratic County Officials National Federation of Democratic Women National Organization for Women (NOW) Nebraska Democratic Party NetRoots Nation Nevada Democratic Party New American Leaders Action Fund New American Leaders Project New Deal Leaders New Dems Action Fund New Hampshire Democratic Party New Horizon Women's Democratic Club of St Criox New Jersey Democratic State Committee New Leaders Council New Media Mentors New Mexico Democratic Party New Politics Academy New York Democratic Party North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) North Carolina Asian Americans Together in Action North Carolina Democratic Party North Dakota Democratic–Nonpartisan League Party NYSYD Ohio Democratic Party Oklahoma Democratic Party Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (OPCMIA) Oregon Democratic Party Organize Alabama Organizing for Action Pa'Lante Georgia PCCC Pennsylvania Democratic Party Planned Parenthood Action Fund Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) Progressive Turnout Project Proviso Young Dems Public Wise Puerto Rico Democratic Party Rhode Island Democratic Party Run for Something Rural Nevada Caucus Rural Virginia Democratic Caucus Rust Belt Rising SEIU She Should Run Sister District South Asians for America South Carolina Democratic Party South Dakota Democratic Party SpeakEasy Political Stones' Phones SwingLeft Teamsters Union Tennessee Democratic Party Texas Democratic Party The Democracy Labs The Resistance School The Warrior Queen Project Truman National Security Project United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) United Postmasters and Managers of America Political Fund (UPMA PAC) USVI Utah Democratic Party Vermont Democratic Party Virginia Young Democrats Vote Rev Vote Run Lead Washington Democratic Party Washoe County Democrats West Virginia Democratic Party Win Virginia Wisconsin Democratic Party Writers Action Wyoming Democratic Party